1112.4 - Procedure for Paying Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP) Insurance Premium

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Finance Procedure 1112.4 - Procedure for Paying Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP) Insurance Premium

Procedure Statement

This procedure describes the GSHIP insurance premium payment process and subsequent distribution of charges to the departments.

The Plan Administrator bills the University on a monthly basis for the insurance premium costs of the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program. The University pays the premium from a central clearing account, and a journal entry is processed by Accounting Services to distribute the premium expenses among the departments.

The same sources of funds that provide financial support to the graduate student must also pay the proportionate cost of the health insurance premiums. A summary of the funding sources used and the premium payment process are as follows:

Academic Affairs Budget Code

Appropriations and General Receipts Supported

Premium expenses are charged to the departmental account. Budget is automatically transferred from central budget code pool to the departmental account to fund expenses.

Receipt-Supported

Premium expenses are charged to the departmental account.

Health Affairs Budget Code

Appropriations and General Receipts Supported

Premium expenses are charged to the departmental account. Expense is automatically reimbursed from central budget pool to the departmental account to fund expenses.

Receipt-Supported

Premium expenses are charged to the department account.

Contracts and Grants, Overhead Receipts, other Institutional Trust Funds and Special Funds

Premium expenses are charged to the contract or grant, institutional trust, or special fund account.

Premium expenses for a particular month are prorated among each student's salary, and non-service award sources of the same month. For example, the premium expenses for the enrollment month of March 1 through March 31 are posted in March and are prorated based on the student's salary and non-service award sources for the calendar month of March.

The first premium expense posting for the new plan year will not occur until October and will represent the premiums paid for the two-month period from August 1, through September 30. The student's salary and non-service award sources for the calendar months of August and September will be used to prorate the first premium.

Cost Allocation Process

The cost allocation process will use data from the GradStar System and the HR/Payroll System in ConnectCarolina. The GradStar System will provide data for non-service awards for the Fall Semester allocated over the five-month period August through December, and for the Spring Semester allocated over the five-month period January through May.

The GradStar data will be combined with monthly data from the HR/Payroll system. The monthly Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan expense transactions will be calculated and then posted in ConnectCarolina. The following example of the calculation is provided:

Cost Allocation Process Example
  Fellowship
GradStar
Trainee Stipend
GradStar
Service:
Payroll
Total
Awards/Payments Total $1,000.00 $5,000.00 $7,000.00 $13,000.00
Awards/Payments per Month (Total divided by 5) $200.00 $1000.00 $1,400.00 $2,600.00
Premium Cost per Month -- -- -- $350.00
Percent of Total for Each Source per Month 7.69% 38.46% 53.85% 100.00%
Premium Expense Posted in ConnectCarolina $26.92 $134.62 $188.46 $350.00

Forms and Instructions

  • None

Related Policies

Related Data

Separate accounts are used when the payment to the graduate student represents a salary (e.g. 515540) and when the payment to the student represents a fellowship (e.g.569220).

History

Revised:

  • May 5, 2022: Updated table and data information to HR/Payroll from Capital Management and Accounts Payable systems.
  • June 30, 2016: Reviewed for accuracy
  • July 29, 2015: Updated system information.
  • July 23, 2014: Updated timeline for posting premium expenses, cost allocation process.
  • July 8, 2013: Updated dates in Contracts and Grants section.
  • July 20, 2011
  • July 9, 2010
  • June 30, 2009
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